Tomorrow we begin our Uniworld river cruise: The Imperial Capitals of Europe

We have crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary 2 and spent two days in Amsterdam and a day at Floriade, the world horticultural exhibition located about two hours outside of that city in Venlo. (

I will be writing about those is upcoming posts.

The newly remodeled River Duchess

However, tomorrow we fly from Amsterdam to Vienna, Austria, where we board the River Duchess for the beginning of a two-week river trip. It begins with a few days in Vienna, then ten days cruising, then finishes with three days in Istanbul. This itinerary is called “The Imperial Capitals of Europe” and travels through Eastern Europe, visiting many places we have never been. It is offered by a premier river cruise line, Uniworld Boutique Cruises.

Here is the itinerary:

Day 1-3: Vienna

Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia

Day 5: Szentendre Island, Budapest

Day 6: Budapest, Hungary

Day 7: Mohács (Pécs), Hungary

Day 8: Vukovar (Osijek), Croatia

Day 9: Belgrade, Serbia

Day 10:  Cruising the Iron Gates

Cruise the majestic Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long stretch of scenic gorges carved out of the Carpathian and Balkan mountains over the millennia by the Danube River.

Day 11: Svistov (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi countryside), Rousse,  Bulgaria

Day 12: Giurgiu (disembark), transfer to Bucharest, Romania, fly to Istanbul

Day 13-15: Istanbul, Turkey

It is going to be an adventure and we look forward to making many new friends on the ship.









About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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